By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Indus Hospital reports receiving a patient from Kashmore district yesterday who has rabies.

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The patient is a 50-year-old woman who was bitten by a dog on the lower leg some three and one-half months ago. The family thought the bite wound was minor and did not seek medical case.

“She has developed hydrophobia and aerophobia (the clinical signs of human rabies) and being provided with palliative care,” said Aftab Gohar, manager of Rabies Prevention and Training Centre at TIH, adding that it’s the third case within this month.

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“Often people particularly in rural areas don’t take dog bites seriously and rely on home remedies, assuming that they would be fine. But, if they are bitten by a rabid dog, they will develop rabies within a few weeks to months, depending on the bite site and wound’s severity,” he explained.

Rabies is completely preventable if the WHO recommendations for rabies post-exposure prophylaxis are followed in time and effectively, which includes washing wound/s immediately thoroughly with soap and flowing water, followed by an effective anti-rabies vaccine series and immunoglobulin.